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this is bbc news. these are the headlines. the united nations has said 100,000 civilians are being forced to flee their homes in northern syria as turkey continues its offensive against the kurds. turkish warplanes have continued to bomb targets inside syria. turkey's president says he won't halt the military operation, whatever the objections of other countries. there have been new revelations in the impeachment enquiry against donald trump, with the former us ambassador to ukraine testifying that she was removed from her position on the orders of the president. speaking behind closed doors to congress, marie yovanovitch said there had been a concerted campaign against her. the prospect of a brexit deal appears to be coming closer with the european union giving the green light to enter intensive negotiations. dorisjohnson says he can see a clear pathway to a deal but there is a way to go. —— boris
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johnson. five people have been injured in a knife attack at the arndale shopping centre in manchester. 14—year—old was arrested at the scene after being tasered by police. the counterterrorism unit are now leading the investigation. late last night officers that he had been assessed by specialist doctors and detained under the health act. danny savage reports. —— mental health act. late morning in central manchester. a man is arrested shortly after several people have been stabbed. an officer stands over him with his taser drawn. moments earlier, police inside the arndale centre ran towards the danger. some customers were locked inside the shops, including one man who was joined by a woman who the attacker had just lashed out at. he was just going round, presumably stabbing random people. it wasn't until the police finally came in, and they actually asked us if it was a real knife, and they confirmed it was a real
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knife, that she obviously flooded with tears. five people were injured by the attacker, as the shopping centre went into lockdown. people started shutting, like, the shutters in the shops, and folk were, like, diving into the shops. it was scary. announcement: please leave the area immediately. i mean, this fella just comes towards you, it is quite, you know, frightening. tonight, part of the shopping centre is still closed, as the scene is examined in detail. police say the man they arrested has now been assessed by specialist doctors and is being detained under the mental health act. this is a truly shocking incident, injuring a number of people and deeply frightening more. he also said the incident is bound to bring back memories of the awful events at the manchester arena. now on bbc news, our world.
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0n the north—east coast of england lies one of written‘s poorest towns. a lack of work, a lack of money, has left a proud area struggling badly. drug abuse is rife, killing people ata drug abuse is rife, killing people at a faster rate than almost anywhere else in england. for a year, this town has become my second home. witnessing first hand its fears. i've lost -- lost one son, don't want to lose another. and the dedication of those battling its demons. i thought it was a sandwich in the doorway... that contributed to him turning his life around? poverty and deprivation aren't unique to this town, but here they have gripped too many people who can't see a way out. i have a
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shortage of food at home, i don't have anything to eat. this is a side of britain we rarely see. this is hartlepool. it saturday night, sergeant kevin rutherford and his colleague have been called to an incident in the town centre. the suspected drug overdose. it never stops. it doesn't matter what day of the week it is, it never stops. it doesn't matter if it never stops. it doesn't matter if it is nine o'clock in the morning or one o'clock in the morning on a saturday, there is a lot of drugs, a lot of alcohol. the woman is believed to have taken a combination of psychoactive drugs, an emerging problem in hartlepool, another challenge for the town's stretch police force. since 2010 cleveland police force. since 2010 cleveland police have had its budget cut by a third, almost 500 officers have gone. tonight there are just ten of
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them available, should any of hartlepool‘s 93,000 residents need immediate help. screaming. cuts have many consequences. expensive equipment lies idle. there is no—one to staff this custody suite, a visual impact of the uk government's essentially ongoing reduction in public spending, a policy that has been in place since 2010. this has been out of action 110w 2010. this has been out of action now for a month, 1.5 months. we have the holding room that where the prisoner would come in before he is presented to the custody sergeant, used to have a custody sergeant and two detention staff but they got cut to one, so i think we have 1a cells in here if you want to come and have a look. i think if you go back eight, nine years ago, everything was here and it was like a
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community, but i miss it. it makes thejob easier, if community, but i miss it. it makes the job easier, if you community, but i miss it. it makes thejob easier, if you have everything where we need it. another emergency call, this time for a man having a mental health breakdown. stop it, banging your head against the door. you are hurting yourself. i don't care! he is also alleged to have harassed a woman, so he is arrested. but they have to drive to another town, 25 minutes away. as kevin and his colleague deal with that incident, another 999 call has come in, two offices have gone to deal with that one. so as we speak, ten past three on saturday night, there are now no response offices available should there be another incident in hartlepooljust now. the lack of police has allowed the drug
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trade to thrive, as martin and angela can testify. they take me to a house where they sometimes shoot up, usually heroin or crack cocaine. so you sleep in the room with the windows... it must get cold? 0h, do you? scattered throughout, the paraphernalia of a destructive habit that impedes both senses and speech. drugs are an equally massive part of yourfamily as drugs are an equally massive part of your family as well? yeah, two of them have died, and my brother is
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on, he is on it and them have died, and my brother is on, he is on itand my them have died, and my brother is on, he is on it and my twin sisters are on it. of the five kids... to died, and the three that is left are still on it. there is a danger that you, your parents will outlive all five of their children. yeah, i know. my mum says she waits for a knock on the door, when is one of her next kids going to be dead. do you have a fear you will never stop? yeah. yeah. yeah, i do. thinking about when and where you're going to get your next hit from... yeah. life is equally tough for tom
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and roz, their days blighted by drugs two. today they are off to meet their son terry, who is being freed from prison after serving four months injailfor freed from prison after serving four months in jail for shoplifting to feed his drug habit. no, we will be there in about 5—10 minutes. all right then, love you, bye. other son sean died of a drug overdose last year. i love you. idon't sean died of a drug overdose last year. i love you. i don't want to go through this anymore, terry. i lost one son, don't want to lose another. a long—term user, terry knows keeping clean would be easy, but promises —— wouldn't be easy but promises —— wouldn't be easy but promises to make his mum and dad proud of him. the temptation is still there, but hopefully i will try and beat that this time. the
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boys were still at school when i first started using. terry introducing younger brother shaun to drugs. one day he came home from school, i remember, and he sat on the worktop in the kitchen, and he just started crying. i said shaun, what's the matter? he said mum, i don't know how to tell you, i said what? he said... i have been using drugs. and i said, how have you got into that? he said, through terry and a couple of mates. he said, i need help. and that's when we started looking for help, but there was none really in the town. for nearly two decades they watched as their sons‘ lives became defined by drugs. powerless to stop them spiralling towards addiction and criminality. then in october 2018,
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tom and roz got the news they had long feared. shaun had been found dead. you just know. long feared. shaun had been found dead. youjust know. it long feared. shaun had been found dead. you just know. it was the worst thing any parent could go through. —— i wasjust numb. i will never ever forget it. it broke my heart. he is my baby. 33—year—old. when the police came to take us up to view his body, i actually took a picture of him there, because i was hoping... we were hoping that it would have shocked terry. but... a few days after his release from prison, i bumped into terry and the town centre. terry, how are you
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doing? doing fine, yeah. it is a week later since i met you. doing? doing fine, yeah. it is a week later since i met youlj doing? doing fine, yeah. it is a week later since i met you. i tell you to the truth, i had one go of crack, but i went in and told my mum straightaway, and she said right, anymore, that's it. so that is the end. you promised, promised last week that you wouldn't go back to it. i know, i bumped into an old friend yesterday. so all you have had since you came out is one crack pipe? one crack pipe and a few drinks. and that's it? no more? no more. and when you told your mother you had the crack pipe, what did she say? she wasn't happy, wasn't happy at all. i promised her, isaw say? she wasn't happy, wasn't happy at all. i promised her, i saw my brother ‘s ashes that i'm not going to ta ke brother ‘s ashes that i'm not going to take no more. —— ‘s war. —— i swore. at the centre of hartlepool's
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drug problem is poverty. a destructive mix of deprivation, helplessness and hopelessness. the town has the highest levels of unemployment in britain, the highest proportion of households where no—one works. many of the jobs that do exist have —— alone quality and wages well below the national average. when you arrive in hartlepool this is the best way to come to. this is church street, most of the businesses are shut down, and on any particular date the busiest place here is actually the food bank. amid growing need, more people are turning to charities to make ends meet. at this food bank —— this food bank is one of nine places that has opened since 2010, providing food parcels and hot meals for those who have nothing. among today's
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clients i meet ian, a former retail manager who lost his job after being injured ina manager who lost his job after being injured in a car accident. ian has had to come to the food bank, as his welfare benefits have been stopped. i have a shortage of food at home, i just don't have anything to eat. and what do they expect you to live on? that is a good question and i can't a nswer that is a good question and i can't answer that. i have sold personal belongings and the furniture in my flat, to buy food, to pay bills. not getting many fresh vegetables, you have to go for the healthy... ian invited me back to his flat, which he fears he will surely lose.|j invited me back to his flat, which he fears he will surely lose. i have painted the walls and i have put up netting to make it private and started to make it a home. up until the money stopped and then of course, no budget to continue, really. so my wardrobe is missing, the chest of drawers is gone, and i am living out of that suitcase down there. there are my clothes in
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there. there are my clothes in there. i do sufferfrom insomnia, terribly, i can't sleep. so i wake at two and again at five, and then i am up and about by about 6am, because i just... i am up and about by about 6am, because ijust... i go for long walks along the beach, just to get... clear my head of the anxiety and the pressure. i climb the walls in here. hartlepool used to matter, a town with a glorious history of shipbuilding and steelmaking. everyone works and everyone played, but the seaside resort calmed summer. but the town started to suffer in the 1960s. as those heavy industries closed down, they were replaced by unemployment and decay. for decades, hartlepool was ignored and overlooked, but in the 1990s and early 2000 ‘s, government invested
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in the town, regenerating some areas to attract private investors. the marina was an effort to change perceptions of hartlepool. the old shipyards, well, they were never coming back, so this was built instead. and to a degree it succeeded. there are people getting jobs from what happened here, but it wasn't enough. the public sector remained the bedrock of the town, so when the uk government decided to slash spending in 2010, hartlepool struggled to cope. welfare payments crucial to many here were cut, removing tens of millions of pounds from the town's economy. 0ther cuts have seen the courthouse close and health services reduced. babies can no longer be born in the town's hospital. hartlepool has warmly welcomed me on each visit, opening
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its heart to a one—time stranger, so four months later i have come back to catch up with some of those i have gotte n to catch up with some of those i have gotten to know. for tom and roz, life remains a struggle. 0ctober marks the first anniversary of sean's death, but their thoughts are also with the living. terry has relapsed into severe drug addiction. less tha n relapsed into severe drug addiction. less than ever now. is he? i stopped him coming up here because he was bothering his mum and his dad. and he only comes up if he wants any money. and i said i've got no money. you might as well go. but he tries and tries. when did you last see him? saturday. well, you did, i never. yes, saturday. how is he? he has these abscesses and that on his legs, and he had one on his side, didn't he? because he is injecting
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all over the place. yes. i even got him a necklace and put some of sean's ashes in for him. he has kept that, like. but it hasn't changed him in anyway. i think he just thinks he's invincible. drug addiction is a precarious, unpredictable illness, a fact hammered home with me when i met up with mark and angela. since i last saw them, martin's life has dramatically deteriorated. he got crushed between a train and a railway platform, shattering his pelvis in ten different places. how did you end up being hit by a train? he thought he'd catch it by the tracks.
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it through him in the air. —— threw. -- threw. can i ask, when you were hit by the train, were you high at the time? but when you look at your condition now, do you think drugs were a factor? yeah. you do, don't you? truthfully, someone must have been... you wish they had turned the machine off? don't talk like that.
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it was desperately sad to see martin in that state, tearful, sick of life. as i had to meet up with sergeant rutherford again, i hope that life is easier for him. clevela nd that life is easier for him. cleveland police have requested another 100 cops, so we're going through the process of sending 25 or 20a through the process of sending 25 or 20 a month, and the who have come through probation, they are really good cops. really keen, which is what you need. but you still have theissue what you need. but you still have the issue of going down to middlesborough when you arrest somebody. yes. it is still shut. and there is no real plan to reopen it? no. and you are changing jobs yourself? hopefully, yes. you do get burned out. i have worked for 10.5, 11 years now, and you do get burnt out. and i need to move onto something else. as we are filming,
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kevin is approached carl, a former homeless heroin user he met last december and who is now trying to turn his life around. he bought us a sandwich in the doorway, what is a cheeseburger. i believe it was new year's eve, it was either christmas eve or new year's eve. what helped me start to be able to care and love myself was to realise people do care about me, and that was just a great help. i have only been in hartlepool about three years, but i have been an addict for 16 years now. a lot of people in hartlepool have given me ten minutes of their time, but that ten minutes of their time, but that ten minutes of conversation could save somebody‘s life. ten minutes of conversation could save somebody's life. yes. i think now, since i have got clean for the last month and a half, i have started to feel more emotions. because that's what heroine does, it blocks everything out. i didn't care ifi blocks everything out. i didn't care if i died the next day. but that decision to get that she that night, that contributed to him turning his life around. that must be brilliant for you. it is brilliant to see
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someone, because for you. it is brilliant to see someone, because in 11 years i have probably seen about half a dozen people who have gotten clean, legitimately gotten clean. and if that's what you've done, that's fantastic. and your life will change around. i want to thank you so much. ca rl‘s story of around. i want to thank you so much. carl's story of hope is testament to the power of a closed knit community. good services may be in short supply, but there are many good people ready to help. but you have to want to help yourself as well. which brings me back to terry. before leaving hartlepool, i wanted to find him one more time. as carl has shown, it is possible to stop drugs, to start overcoming addiction. with perseverance, perhaps, even terry's 20 year long habit can be beaten. but when i find him, he is a shadow of his former self. he has lost three stone, around 20 kg. affix always more
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important than food. terry, it's been a while since we've met. how are you doing? yes. you are back on it, aren't you? what happened?” just relapsed in prison. it is not good. it's not good at all. i've been discharged last week. and i got his ashes around my neck, and... i am lost without him, to tell the truth. what will it take for you to stop? i want to go to rehab, but i've got no—one to help me get in one. how often do you take at the moment? how many times a day? just once, twice a day. and you wear sean's ashes, do you? yes, i got them around my neck. remind you of
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what happened to him. it could happen to you. it is what my mum's worried about. are you not scared? yes, definitely. part of ros's morning is to get a tattoo of sean inked on her arm. she knows she may well outlive terry as well. he needs to get off the drugs. i think he has got worse, because... he is grieving. isaid, terry, you have to be ready yourself. it is no good saying you're going to do it for other people. i said you've got to actually do it yourself. that is a very good likeness. what does it mean to you? it means everything.
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really everything. brilliant, isn't it? yes. i hope that things improve for you. the next time we see you, you will probably have a lot of tatties, will you? there is an infectious warmth and resilience to the people here. they care, but does anyone else? well, the government says austerity is now over, it doesn't feel that way here. hartlepool needs help. hartlepool needs hope. hello.
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well, over all, the weather this weekend isn't looking ideal. very changeable, a mixed picture throughout the uk, but there is some sunshine on offer too. but we'll concentrate on the rainfall first. it could be quite heavy again across southern areas of the uk. already the west country has seen a fair bit of rain in the last 2a hours. there could be some flooding during the next day or so again from this weather front that stretches right out from the atlantic across into germany and the baltic as well. it's kind of stuck here, it's a conveyor belt of cloud and moisture that keeps bringing more and more rain, pushed by quite a powerful jetstream. it's stuck in this place, whereas to the south of the jetstream, across a large chunk of the continent, they're enjoying some fine, warm autumn weather. but here in the uk, we have that autumn chill. so for the early hours we have cloud and rain across the south, central parts of the uk, clear spells here, whereas scotland and northern ireland
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a scattering of showers. in the south it's still relatively mild, i suppose you could call it. 12 degrees in london, chilly in the north—east of england, only six degrees. let's look at the morning forecast, we have cloud and rain across the south. at times it will be quite heavy. but take a look at the weather across much of wales, ireland. absolutely fine, beautiful weather there with sunshine in belfast, newcastle, edinburgh. a little bit of a chill in the air here, temperatures maybe around 13 or 1a degrees in the south. very far south, i think temperatures will be around 15, 16. the weather front is still with us through saturday night, but saturday night into the early hours of sunday that starts to move a little further north. and not only that, we've got further weather fronts heading our way.
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so it's a real mishmash of cloud, these areas of rain moving across the uk on sunday, i think most of us will catch some rain on sunday, but with a tendency for the weather to improve somewhat through the day across the south, so it may turn up actually quite bright, if not sunny, for places like portsmouth, maybe even the south—east as well, whilst the rain moves a little bit further north. but a real mixed day, i think, on sunday. on monday, sunday into monday, we will start to see more weather fronts coming off the atlantic. so you get the message — it's a whole succession of weather systems that just keep coming our way and there are gaps in between so you can see monday actually, at least for a large chunk of the day, central areas of the uk looking fine but then as this rain moves towards northern ireland and the south once again, fine weather in the east on monday.
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